President Joe Biden has wasted no time in his quest to slash greenhouse gas emissions and speed up electric vehicle adoption, signing numerous executive orders and gaining support from the Department of Energy in recent weeks. Now, Biden’s personal pick for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Michael Regan – will be tasked with playing a central role in those efforts following his confirmation by the Senate.
Michael Regan, the first black man to lead the EPA, most recently served as the secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality and air quality specialist in the EPA. Regan began his career as an environmental regulator for the EPA during the Clinton and Bush administrations from 1998 to 2008. He then joined the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where he ultimately became the associate vice president for clean energy and a Southeast regional director during his eight years at the EDF.
Ford Motor Company took the time to congratulate Regan on his promotion in a statement. “We look forward to working with him as we continue to encourage the administration to embrace aggressive greenhouse gas standards outlined in our agreement with California,” the automaker said.
Regan will be tasked with carrying out a host of executive orders signed by Biden in recent weeks, including ones that aim to revamp vehicle emissions standards, accelerate EV adoption, replace the federal fleet with EVs, and expand domestic EV battery production, among others.
Meanwhile, Ford is preparing for these moves by doubling down on its investment in EVs, including a $1 billion dollar renovation of the Ford Cologne Assembly Plant to convert it to electric vehicle production, which will help it achieve its goal of selling only zero-emission passenger vehicles in Europe by the year 2030.